BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 6, 2017- Eight finalists have been named in Holstein Association USA’s annual Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) competition. The YDJM recognition is the highest award given to National Junior Holstein members, ages 9 to 16, and honors their dairy project work and involvement with other agricultural and community organizations.
The 2017 YDJM finalists are: Jill Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Ryan Allen, Jefferson, Md.; Regan Demmer, Peosta, Iowa; Payton Erbsen, Lanark, Ill.; Hayley Fernandes, Tulare, Calif.; Brooke Kline, Newport, Pa.; Laura Littrell, St. Johnsville, N.Y.; and Isaac Nelson, Sleepy Eye, Minn.
The eight finalists will be honored during the 2017 National Holstein Convention, June 27 – July 1 in Bellevue, Washington. Applicants for the YDJM award complete an entry book, which summarizes their involvement with Holstein cattle and programs, as well as other extracurricular activities.